When I learned of the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest academic bomb that was dropped on Americans just before their summer hiatus, I was completely stunned.  Few times have I found myself speechless and horrified.  I read briefs of the ruling and finally had read the ruling and dissents to confirm for myself that this was indeed what had been sent down by the Court.  In essence, here is an amalgamated brief of the details taken from the Court’s Syllabus:

Louisiana charged the petitioner [the perpetrator] with the aggravated rape of his then-8­year-old stepdaughter. He was convicted and sentenced to death un­der a state statute authorizing capital punishment for the rape of a child under 12. [Another side note:  this despicable man has been charged previously with the same type of crime against children.] Justices cited pros and cons of previous rulings that dealt with rape of adults, but not with that of children.

Even after hearing the horrific, brutal details of this child’s injuries which required immediate surgery, the learned (and I use that description with all the restraint I can muster) majority members of our Supreme Court [Kennedy, Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer] issued the following ruling:

The concern that the Court’s holding will effectively block fur­ther development of a consensus favoring the death penalty for child rape overlooks the principle that the Eighth Amendment is defined by “the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society,”Trop, 356 U. S., at 101.

Evolving standards?  By that determination we could easily “evolve” into losing the western portion of the country to the La Raza movement, or begin allowing Sharia law as enforcement in Muslim communities within the US (by the way…Britain just did), or fall into a the definition of marriage as a sexual preference free-for-all.  What are they thinking?  Isn’t this what happened to the invincible ancient Roman empire?  But wait…there’s more…

Confirmed by the Court’s repeated, consistent rulings, this principle requires that resort to capital punishment be restrained, limited in its instances of applica­tion, and reserved for the worst of crimes, those that, in the case of crimes against individuals ,take the victim’s life.

Is not a molester/rapist of a child the worst of the worst?  To say that the child wasn’t murdered, is incorrect.  The rapist murdered that child’s soul, he murdered her psychological well being, he took away her feeling of safety, her childhood, and most of all he murdered her future.  She will NEVER be the same.  In some extreme cases such as that of this poor child, although it is hard to admit, she might be better to have been killed by her attacker rather than relive her slow and painful torture every day for the rest of her life.  Therapists and psychologists confirm this daily.

These liberal Court members have proven over and again that they are lost in the academia of words and tacit meaning.  They seem to have no real sense of daily life of the American citizens. They seem to believe that monsters like this man can be rehabilitated.

Nine States—Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas—have permitted capital punishment for adult or child rape for some time now.  So, this begs the question of who has control over States’ Rights – the citizens of that state, or the U.S. Supreme Court?  If a state can vote to have a death penalty, if a state can enact laws that allow unconventional marriages (gay, multiples, etc.), or if a state can choose to allow gambling and prostitution within its borders; then, tell me…what gives the Supreme Court the right to step over the line and tell a state’s citizenry that their values do not matter.

According to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, more than 70% of his citizens agreed with the lower Court ruling of death for this monster.  Jindal called the SCOTUS ruling an “affront to the people of Louisiana” and vowed to fight to have this legal lunacy reversed.  Then, he slung mud in their eye as he signed a bill into law that authorizes the castration of convicted sex offenders in Louisiana.

Jindal’s parting shot at the Court says, “I want to send the message loud and clear – to the Supreme Court of the United States and beyond – make no mistake about it, if anyone wants to molest children and commit sexual assaults on kids they should not do so here in Louisiana. Here, we will do everything in our power to protect our children, and we will not rest until justice is won and we have fully punished those who harm them,” states the Governor.

When polled about this decision by the Supreme Court, most citizens were outraged.  But sadly, they didn’t know enough about their own government to realize that the Justices are not “elected” – they are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  If confirmed this man or woman will serve on the Court for their entire life.  This is yet another reason that we Americans must think of the ripple effect of our vote – what could happen to a Court that is poised to retire two Justices (one liberal, one conservative) during the term of the next President.  It is sobering, and that is…Why It Matters.

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  1. […] A Time To KillNine States—Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas—have permitted capital punishment for adult or child rape for some time now. So, this begs the question of who has control … […]

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